PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -- Habitat for Humanity and its community partner, Discover Card, worked to build their 21st home in the Valley, and it's all for a deserving refugee and her daughter.
On Sunday, contractors started working on the build near 15th Avenue and Buckeye Road in Phoenix. Several community partners were on scene as Arizona's Family witnessed construction begin on the future home.
In a news release, the nonprofit said that Nadifa Adam came from Somalia as a teenager, and has worked as a caregiver at a retirement home in the Valley. She and her 5-year-old daughter say they enjoy the apartment they live in, but don't feel comfortable walking around the neighborhood because of the train tracks. "I'm so excited. I've been waiting for a little while, but I'm so excited to be here," said Nadifa.
Since then, Nadifa has had a dream to become a homeowner, and when she heard about Habitat for Humanity from some friend, she decided to apply. Nadifa said she originally applied for the home in 2019, but the building process had to be delayed because of COVID-19. Nonprofit officials say she's excited about the opportunity to own a home and have affordable housing. Her daughter Anisa says she's excited about having a backyard where she can play.
Steve Bayans, who is one of the partners with Discover, says the company is always looking for ways to help the community. "We're so happy that we've been able to get out here and volunteer and get this house built. We've been waiting, just like the homeowner, Nadifa. Our employees love coming out here every Wednesday and Saturday and working really hard in the community to ensure that these houses get built as fast as they possibly can," said Bayans.
The home is expected to be completed in January. For more information about Habitat for Humanity's efforts in central Arizona, click here.